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ISWAP Terrorists Abduct 15 Passengers, Including Aid Workers In Borno

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At least 15 people have been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be fighters of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), near Gumsuri village in the Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The insurgents, who mounted a checkpoint and dressed in military camouflage, waylaid motorists and forcibly took them into Sambisa Forest, a source told NaijaOnPoint.

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Some staff members of international non-governmental organisations were among the victims, the report revealed.

The victims, said to be mostly young people, had reportedly left Damboa town for Adamawa on Wednesday.

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“It is unfortunate that the insurgents continue their nefarious activities on the fringe of Sambisa forests, we have received reports that ISWAP kidnapped at least 15 persons (passengers) near Gumsuri village while allowing two others to go.

“They are desperate to recruit more people into their criminal activities. They deceived people because they dressed in military attire. It is sad and shocking,” a security source said.

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Five officials of the Borno State government had earlier been abducted by ISWAP terrorists.

The victims who were supervising the construction of Chibok-Damboa Road, were forcefully taken away on Wednesday.

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The incident occurred near Wovi, a remote village in the Chibok Local Government Area of the state.

Source:- Sahara Reporters

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Ben Kalu Urges Abia APC Members, Leaders To Reunite For A Common Goal

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The lawmaker stated this when he featured on his weekly radio programme, The Ben Kalu’s Mandate, streamed live on ABN TV and Radio simultaneously.

Speaking on the current issues within the party in the state, the Reps Spokesperson highlighted that the strength of the party is in its unity, noting that there will be no victory in an atmosphere of disunity.

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He said, “As of today, If Abia APC wants to win the government House in Abia State, it’s not in the shape and form that we are going about it, and this is the truth. The national body has seen it and this is why they have set up the reconciliation committee to look into the issues concerning it. However, this committee met in Abuja a few days ago, unfortunately, I could not join them but I heard they met and it was not attended by parties who should attend instead letters were sent in place of physical presence.

“The tone of the letters I have been reading online, I’m not sure if they are actually from the right source but if they are then we are truly deceiving ourselves. In the sense that we need people to win elections.

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“When we came on board in 2015, there was a new energy in the party. Nobody is taking any glory but people worked very hard to reposition the party, If politics is about the people, we should not be anti-reconciliation because no one man can do it alone. If you think you’re powerful, and you can do it alone, you will fail. It is only wise to have people come together, sit and deliberate on the way to move the party forward.

“I do not believe in or belong to factions. We are one family but I will only respect and recognize my efforts towards building a stronger party in my federal constituency and the state in general”.

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Four Armed Robbery Suspects Caught In Kwara Forest, Arrested

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They are Abdullahi Audi, (30), Lawal Audi, (30) Bature Abdullahi (25) and Issa Muhammed.

A statement by the spokesman of the state Civil Defence Corps, Babawale Afolabi, who confirmed the arrest of the four suspects, alleged that they belong to a robbery gang terrorising and attacking passengers and motorists along Isanlu Isin/Ijara Isin road in Isin Local Government Area of Kwara South Senatorial District.

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He said operatives of ” the defence corps in conjunction with the local vigilante group of Nigeria, VGN and local hunters, responded swiftly to a distress a call in the early hours of Monday 17/01/2022, around 0030hours when suspected armed robbers in their large numbers ambushed motorists and passengers travelling inside a Toyota Sienna space car along Isanlu-Isin/Ijara-Isin road and dispossessed them of their valuables.

“The robbers had actually disappeared into the nearby bush by the time we arrived at the scene of the robbery incident but with the help of the vigilante group( VGN) and the local hunters we were able to comb the nearby bush and round up four Fulani/ Bororos men suspected to be members of the robbery gang while a manhunt has commenced to apprehend other members of the gang” Babawale narrated.

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The spokesman said profiling and background checks of the suspects have commenced.

He advised people to avoid night travels as most of the criminal activities take place during the night hours.

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“The Commandant Makinde Iskil Ayinla also appealed to motorists especially commercial drivers to avoid night travels and report any unusual movement or activities noticed in their neighbourhood to the security agencies” he added.

Source:- NaijaOnPoint

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